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Senior Menu

Artists To Host Icon Painting Presentation
Tracking The Deer: A Nature Walk
Recycling Center Celebrates 10 Years
Courthouse Closing Notice

Festival Plans Build Excitement
Salt Springs Celebrates "Simple Pleasures"
Salt Springs Park Plans Celebration



September 3

CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER, September 3, 5:00 p.m. at VFW #6223, Great Bend. Takeouts available. For info call 879-4420.

DEADLINE for vendors to reserve space at Browndale Fire Co. Flea Market is September 3.

PROGRAM on religious icon painting, September 3, 7:00 p.m. at Claverack Building, Montrose.  Public encouraged to attend.  For info call 570-278-4590.

September 4

PIE SALE, September 4, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at South Gibson U.M. Church.

September 4-6

GARAGE & BAKE SALE, September 4-6, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson.

September 5

END OF SUMMER CELEBRATION, Sat., September 5 at Thompson U.M. Church.

MEETING, Susquehanna County Pomona Grange #7, September 5, 10:00 a.m. at the Fairdale Grange Hall. Dinner will be served.

SALT SPRINGS CELEBRATION, Sat., September 5, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Salt Springs Park.

GARAGE & BAKE SALE, Sat., September 5 at Thompson U.M. Church.

POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY GARDEN EVENT, Sat., September 5, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Arlo’s Country Store.

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Sat., September 5, 7:00-11:00 a.m. at East Ararat U.M. Church. All you can eat.

September 5-6

HOAGIE SALE, September 5-6, St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson. Pick up on Saturday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. & Sunday, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Pre-order only, 756-3047.

September 6

DEADLINE for “No Animal Left Behind” Walk-a-thon in Montrose. Visit for info.

September 10

EVENING OF PRAYER, Thurs., September 10, 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, Susquehanna.

September 11

SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Fri., September 11, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Lawsville Grange Hall.

CHARISMATIC MASS, Fri., September 11, 6:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours, Jackson.

September 11-13

COMEDY, No Sex Please, We’re British, September 11 & 12, curtain 8:00 p.m. and September 13, curtain 3:00 p.m. at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. For info call 283-2195.

September 12

PANCAKE SUPPER, Sat., September 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Franklin Hill Presbyterian Comm. Building. All you can eat.

September 13

WALK-A-THON, No Animal Left Behind, September 13, 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Rail Trail System, Montrose. For info visit

NICHOLSON BRIDGE DAY, September 13, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Main Street, Nicholson. For info call 570-942-4443.

IRISH FESTIVAL, Sun., September 13, mass 11:00 a.m., festival 12:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Church grounds, Friendsville.

September 15

PRACTICE, Sporter Rifle League, September 15 at Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.

September 15-16

AUDITIONS, The Rocky Horror Show, September 15-16, 7:00 p.m. at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. Ages 18 and older. For info call 283-2195.

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Senior Center Menu August 31 - September 4

Monday, August 31: orange juice, Salisbury steak, oven browned potatoes, mixed vegetables, chocolate chip applesauce cake, dinner roll.

Tuesday, September 1: dinner salad w/grilled chicken strips, whole wheat roll, Chinese noodles, summer fruit.

Wednesday, September 2: stuffed pepper w/sauce, whipped potatoes, Italian cut green beans, grain bread, pineapple chunks.

Thursday, September 3: ham & Swiss wrap, potato salad, chilled dilled carrots, chunky applesauce.

Friday, September 4: orange pineapple juice, hot dog on wheat roll, corn cobette, macaroni salad, sliced peaches.

Senior Center Menu September 7 - 11

Monday, September 7: center is closed for Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 8: roast beef w/gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, fruited jello, honey dew melon wedge, wheat bread.

Wednesday, September 9: baked Pollock, scalloped potatoes, steamed carrot coins, wheat bread, saltine crackers, sherbet.

Thursday, September 10: cranberry juice cocktail, chicken salad on Kaiser roll, garden salad, chocolate chip cookie.

Friday, September 11: pork bbq, macaroni & cheese, pickled cabbage, wheat dinner roll, chilled pears.

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Artists To Host Icon Painting Presentation

Hill Country Artists will conduct a presentation on religious icon painting by Roseann Rouff at their monthly meeting on Thursday, September 3 at the Claverack Building, Route 706, east of Montrose.

Roseann always loved art and other creative endeavors but didn't start icon painting until 2000 when she attended a workshop in Pittsburgh. She had been a special education teacher in the Binghamton School District for 34 years and now that she is retired she can devote more time to her art. As a result she has participated in many workshops with prominent icon painters in the United States and abroad. She and her husband moved to the Quaker Lake area 5 years ago. While living in Binghamton she had an art gallery for 3 years. This is a very different approach to art and very interesting.

Programs by Hill Country Artists are presented each month from April through November. All artists and anyone interested in art are welcome to attend and join with fellow artists. Susquehanna County has many artists working in different medias and different subject matter. Everyone is welcome no matter what their level of experience or interest. Children interested in art are always welcome to attend the meetings. For information contact Maureen VanNostrand at 570-278-4590.

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Tracking The Deer: A Nature Walk

It’s no surprise that the white-tail deer is Pennsylvania’s state animal, for we see evidence of its growing population everywhere we look. Along the sides of roads and highways lie the bodies of animals hit by cars. Large herds browse in countryside meadows. It’s not even unusual to see a deer calmly munching the flowers and shrubs in your own front yard. Each fall a quarter of a million deer are taken by hunters, but still the white-tail deer thrives.

However, most people actually know very little about the ways in which this familiar animal lives its life. The complex, fascinating habits, life cycles, and behavior of the white-tail deer will be the subject of a nature walk in Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, Thompson, PA, led by wilderness guide and author Trebbe Johnson on September 6 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Making your way among the meadows, woodlands, and pine plantations of the diverse 400-acre preserve, you’ll discover the white-tail deer through the diverse signs they leave wherever they go: subtle tracks, hollows in grasses, nibbled plants, antler-rubbed tree bark, and other evidence. You will learn, for example, that newborn fawns have no scent and hence are protected from predators as they sleep, camouflaged in deep shade; that when a buck injures its antler, that antler grows back in a distinctive way that is repeated each year for the rest of the animal’s life; that in the fall deer grow a special coat with hollow grayish-tan hairs, which provides such superior insulation that the animals can bed down in the snow without completely thawing it. You will complete the walk with a greater understanding - and maybe even respect - for the animal that makes such an impact on our lives and that we often regard either as a pest or a trophy.

Trebbe Johnson is the author of “The World Is a Waiting Lover” and of numerous articles that explore themes of myth and nature. She leads wilderness trips in the U.S., Bali, and the Sahara Desert, and she has been a member of the Florence Shelly Wetlands Stewardship Committee, a volunteer organization that oversees the maintenance of the nature preserve, for more than twenty years.

Participants will meet at the parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, where Stack Road intersects. Some areas of the trail will probably be wet, so protective footwear is highly recommended. For further information, contact Trebbe Johnson at 570-727-4272.

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Recycling Center Celebrates 10 Years

The Susquehanna County Recycling Center will host an Open House on Thursday, September 10, noon to 3 p.m., to celebrate 10 years of operation at the facility in Bridgewater Township. Tours of the facility will be given starting at noon, and a short awards presentation will be held at 2 p.m.

In January 1999, the facility on Ellsworth Drive opened to the public. The center features one of the few residential drop-off areas in the state that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bins are provided for the collection of cardboard, mixed paper, glass bottles and jars, tin cans, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. The waste oil, scrap metal and electronics programs are available to the public Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The facility also features commercial drop-off areas available to businesses and haulers during normal business hours.

All are invited to the Open House on September 10 to tour the facility and learn more about your recycling center and its programs. If you have any questions, please, contact the Recycling Center at 278-3589 or 278-3509.

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Courthouse Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. All court related office will be available.

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Festival Plans Build Excitement

Excitement is building as Susquehanna County’s “Harvest of the Arts” will take place on September 19 and 20. Thisweekend of fun for the whole family will start on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a Fine Arts & Crafts Show in the historic Starrucca House, featuring art work of various media. This show is coordinated by Jay & Sally Krimmel each year. Many pieces will be available for sale, others are works of art that the artist can’t part with. On Sunday evening at 6 p.m., there will be a Cocktail Reception followed by an Art Auction starting at 7 p.m. The auction will benefit the artists and support the arts in Susquehanna County.

Just outside you will find International Foods by Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center - “The Food Management Production & Services Department” under the direction of Donna Evans. The SCCTC Food Management/Production/Services program provides the student with a full spectrum of opportunities within the culinary arts. Items to be sold and served are sure to please your taste buds!

Juried Arts & Crafts Show & Sale will showcase some beautiful finds, if you are looking for a special piece of pottery, paintings, photos, jewelry, clothing, floral arrangement, etc. Distinguished judges will select Best of Show and First & Second Place in Fine Arts & Fine Crafts.

The Youth Art Show will be held in the Borough Building with all six School Districts participating. Elementary thru High School students will be showing works that have been created at the end of last year or newly created since school started. “We want to thank all of the Art Teachers who share their talents and encourage their students and are participating this year,” stated Barb Gallagher who is in charge of this show.

At the Library there will be a storytime at 11 a.m. and a Puppet Show at 12 noon. At 12:30 there will be another storytime followed by a Puppet Show at 1:30 p.m. The space between the story and puppet shows will be a time to gather a group of “actors.” Audience participation is anticipated!

Face painting, balloon artistry, magic and illusions, age of the princess, music and more! A full day of art and entertainment will be available at the Harvest of the Arts, September 19 and 20.

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Salt Springs Celebrates "Simple Pleasures"

Celebrating the "Simple Pleasures" is the overall theme of the seventh annual Salt Springs Celebration set to take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday, Sept. 5, of Labor Day weekend at Salt Springs Park in Franklin Forks, just off PA Rt 29.

With the current national and local economy making us all reconsider what and why we purchase, an event that helps us zero in on the simple, yet most important things in our daily living and the history we pass on to future generations, is just the range of a "staycation" folks need.

"This year's theme is "Simple Pleasures," with an emphasis on having fun close to home and finding fulfillment in the simple aspects of life," said event coordinator Nancy Wottrich. "To that end, the celebration will feature old fashion and nature-oriented games and activities for kids," she said. Nancy has been the event coordinator since its inception seven years ago, as a way to introduce people to what the park has to offer, as well as promoting the conservation work of the Friends of Salt Springs Park. "We'll have several local craftspeople, reenactors and herbalists on hand, demonstrating their knowledge," she said.

As this is one of the park's major fundraisers, the carriage barn will be filled with intriguing "have to have items" at silent auction.

There is no admission to the park, but donations are always welcome.

As adults enjoy the eclectic mix of music all day long - from Bluegrass to English Country Dance music - children will keep very busy learning old time games like Jacob's Ladder, the Game of Graces - where, in olden days, young ladies learned to be graceful by tossing bands adorned with ribbons back and forth with wands - and cup and ball toss games, like Bilboa. They can enjoy simple whirling toys - Salt Springs' version of the horizontal top is called the "Buzz Saw," from the sound it makes when spun.

Kids will be even busier making boats and racing them down the creek, enjoying a treasure hunt, bug hunting and a natural paint collage. They can take part in the Kids Triathlon, starting with a bike or tricycle race, dressing in assorted swim wear for a dip and then racing (while still in swimwear) to the finish line to tag a team mate. The races will run every hour.

Adults can play, too. Do you remember croquet, or how about pitching a few horseshoes?

Back by popular demand is the llama obstacle course, overseen by Dennis Wilson. Will Shadrack or Asher, or maybe the newest llama, Drake, be the winner?

All events need food for nourishment and fellowship, and each year, John and Marian Miskell offer a fine menu. New this year are coffee and muffins in the early hours. Then take your pick from hotdogs, veggie burgers, cheeseburgers, Italian sausage, gyros, chili, side salads, brownies, soda, water or coffee, and more.

Come out for a day filled with good family pleasures in Salt Springs Park's natural beauty. Slow down, enjoy, immerse, relax. A simple way to end your summer, while learning what can fulfill each season in your life.

For more information, photos and directions, visit

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